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Happy 44 Billionth Birthday to GWAR's Oderus Urungus!

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Let's see if we have these muddled facts straight: Oderus Urungus (Dave Brockie) hails from planet Scumdogia (somewhere between Neptune and your anus), born to a supercomputer father and petri dish ma in a "Syntho Womb 5" that reassembled his galaxy-strewn pieces. Somehow, we believe Ottawa, Canada, is the most likely place of origin, but we can't be certain. We've had only one Canadian intern at this publication, and she lasted just a month.

Regardless, Urungus is the only constant member of the GWAR carnival of theatrical heaviness that has been slaying audiences and fans since the halcyon days of 1984 with a careful and scientific blend of punk, shock, schlock, thrash, metal, and cheeky fun. A mere drop in the vast ocean of longevity for someone claiming to be celebrating their 44 billionth year of existence.

So let's talk about his only friend in the world for a little bit after the jump, the infamous Cuttlefish of Cthulhu.

A band with such elaborate stage antics like GWAR is bound to elicit some response from the more conservative corners of the world, and none has been more at the forefront of petty morality issues than Urungus' prized cuttlefish and sometime sexual tool. If the Japanese invented tentacle porn in 1814, the easily excitable and liquidy cuttlefish is just another artistic entry into the uncharted realms of self-expression.

But good friends as they might be, they were forced to part in 1990 when the cuttlefish was apprehended by North Carolina (go figure) officials during Urungus' "obscenity" arrest. Happily, though, they have been reunited, and the prized Cuttlefish of Cthulhu has been redesigned to more effectively "spray" his love to the unsuspecting masses.

Urungus, some of you will remember, was also the Intergalactic Correspondent on Red Eye With Greg Gutfield between the summer of 2009 and the fall of 2010. Real, firsthand news from someone out in the cosmos, you can hate Fox News all you want, but you gotta love that.

When not space-faring, Urungus goes by his more common and grandma-friendly humanoid persona of Dave Brockie, and as such, he has been involved in the punk-rock outfit the Dave Brockie Experience and the hardcore punk act Death Piggy, which actually begat the GWAR we all know and love back in '82. While I could sit here and try to round up some words to match the insane and on-acid mythology of this band and this man, I'll let some videos do the talking.

Happy birthday, you old, old intergalactic humanoid barbarian you.

GWAR - "Let Us Slay"

Real space news on Red Eye with Oderus Urungus.

The Dave Brockie Experience - "I Wanna Be a Squirrel"

Death Piggy - "Dinner in the Morning"

GWAR - "I Hate Love Songs"

GWAR - "War Is All We Know"

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